U.S. News & World Report announced its 2020 Best Online Programs rankings today, the ninth edition of these rankings. This year more than 1600 programs were ranked – up from 1,545 last year and 677 in the first edition in 2012.
The list includes Bachelor’s programs at the institutional level and graduate programs in seven fields (including specialties within these fields) – nursing, computer information technology, criminal justice, education, business (non-MBA), MBA, and engineering.
U.S. News also ranks the Best Online Programs for Veterans, and the top three schools, in order, for 2020 were Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, the University of Florida, and Oregon State University.
The highest-ranked online Bachelor’s program is The Ohio State University, replacing last year’s leader, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, which slipped to second place. Ohio State had been ranked #1 in 2018. The University of Illinois-Chicago placed third, up from the fifth spot last year. The University of Florida and Oregon State University were fourth and fifth, respectively. A total of 353 colleges were ranked.